I think I have already mentioned a few times that I really dislike going trough the boring topics of the IGCSE examinations! I am therefore trying to find new ways of reviewing some of the topics students have already learned such as describing people, and particularly describing family members. The wonderful Clare Seccombe has a whole section on her blog about mini-books. I showed my grade 9 students the page on how to create pocket books and I told them to write about their family. They had much fun making them and it became a creative writing activity as well as a speaking one because they then had to present their pocket books to the rest of the class. We had a discussion about families and this topic was then done and dusted! I am also pretty sure my students will remember how to present their family when it comes to the oral examination next school year!
Here are some pictures of their pocket books: